United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley: "Russia alone" enabled Assad chemical attack in Syria

Nikki Haley Slams Russia in Stunning UN Speech: 'No One is Buying its Lies and Cover-ups' About Syria

Nikki Haley Slams Russia in Stunning UN Speech: 'No One is Buying its Lies and Cover-ups' About Syria

During Friday's U.N. Security Council meeting, Haley also called out Syria, claiming Bashar al-Assad's regime has used chemical weapons at least 50 times during the country's civil war.

"Our president has not yet made a decision about possible actions in Syria", Haley told a meeting of the U.N. Security Council.

"We continue to observe unsafe military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state in what would constitute a breach of worldwide law", Nebenzia told the U.N. Security Council.

Haley also hammered Moscow at the United Nations for supporting Assad despite the multiple reported chemical weapons attacks on civilians in the country that global watchdogs have attributed to his government. Separate analysis by the United States, France and Britain have concluded that a chemical attack took place on Saturday in the rebel-held town of Douma, said Haley.

Russian envoy to the U.N. Vassily Nebenzia made a similar assertion in the Security Council meeting, saying foreign intelligence services faked the Douma attack.

"If Russia had lived up to its commitment, there would be no chemical weapons in Syria and we would not be here today", said Haley.

Asked if the United States had proof of that, she said, "Yes".

"Let's be clear: Assad's most recent use of poison gas against the people of Douma was not his first, second, third, or even 49th use of chemical weapons", the United Nations ambassador said.

President Donald Trump has yet to decide whether to launch military strikes on the Syrian government in retaliation for an alleged chemical attack, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley said Friday.

"Those three countries - the US, Britain and France - if they think they can attack us and attack our sovereignty, at the time, we would have no other choice except applying Article 51 of the charter that gives us the right to defend ourselves, the legitimate right to defend ourselves", Jaafari said.

Haley, who was called on to present her statement following Nebenzia, responded by calling Russian support for Assad and its failure to keep a promise to rid Syria of chemical weapons "one of the most blatant and grotesque violations of worldwide law in the world today".

Russian officials suggested opposition groups in Douma fabricated the attack in order to provoke a US response against the Assad regime.

"We have irrefutable evidence that this was another staged incident and the special services of one state at the forefront of the Russophobic campaign were at play", Lavrov claimed. "Russian Federation can complain all it wants about fake news, but no one is buying its lies and cover-ups", Haley said.

"We continue to observe unsafe military preparations for an illegal act of force against a sovereign state in what would constitute a breach of worldwide law", Nebenzia said. "Increasing tensions and the inability to reach a compromise in the establishment of an accountability mechanism threaten to lead to a full-blown military escalation". Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron during a telephone call against any "dangerous actions" in Syria, the Kremlin said.

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